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The political challenge of anti-racism in social care and health


This chapter is divided into three sections. The first section sets out a theoretical and historical argument for understanding contemporary racism and anti-racism. In particular, I point to some of the problems with a form of identity politics that has a tendency to both factionalise anti-racism and to de-couple it from other struggles against oppression such as those around disability, class, gender and sexuality. The second section examines some of the current debates surrounding the issue of institutionalised racism and considers whether the Macpherson Report (1999) has anything new to offer towards the struggle against racism. The chapter concludes by setting out some principles for the further development of anti-racist and antioppressive practice within health and welfare services.